A right hornet’s nest

There are new residents on the path to White Hide at Great Amwell. More usually the home to resting families of Canada Geese on the bank of the stream, I discovered this weekend that a larger colony had set up home in the decaying trunk of an old tree.A sign…

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Meadow Puffball

Meadow Puffball Vascellum pratense Last week I found this Meadow Puffball, perhaps not surprisingly in a  meadow, close to our house. It was gone by the weekend, foraged no doubt by one of the badgers that live close bye. Its latin name Vascellum pratense means ‘little vase that lives in…

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Touchline Re-union

Familiar lanes stamped with memorygrooved into the sub-consciousover many seasons.Through the gatepark upon familiar mudclubhouse, treeswhispering storiesmoments of timeimprinted on placeresurrected by senseslight and season. A wave, a smilea shake of handsa hug, a tease, a joketwinkling eyes and laughter.This place is comfortablewarm with loveand memories sharedthat light the soul.…

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Invasion of the House Spiders

Tegenaria sp. Source: Wikipedia Commons As the days become chillier and morning autumn mists cover the countryside our fields and verges appear covered with spiders-webs, damp air beading like jewels that sparkle between the dessicated, dry grasses and field plants of summer. It is also the time of year when…

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Sounds: Fowlmere inflow

Just the other side of the path from the tall pipe arch, located near the watercress beds at RSPB Fowlmere, the water gushes into the reserve water system. When it is running, the inflow can be heard from some distance, pulsing and pumping like a great arterial organ, low bass…

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Sounds: Fowlmere pipes

Standing tall in the willow carr at the southern end of the RSPB’s Fowlmere reserve, an iron black water pipe stands like a huge tubular staple, melting into the shadows. The manhole cover below the great arch glows with the vibrant green of the damp moss that clings to the…

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